I once gave my son Takeh a rubber ball from a 100 yen store, but he did not play with it as happily and cacklingly as his parents expected.
I thought at the time that it was too early to tell, but one day I gave him another ball, and from then on he loved it.
It is a ball that is still in its mesh bag, just as it was hanging on the sales floor at the 100 yen store.
With this, in addition to kicking and holding the ball with both hands, you can “grab it with your hands”. It can then be swung and thrown. Of course, it can also be kicked, just as it would be without the mesh bag.
He liked this freedom very much.
After a few months, he still loves his ball. When I pick him up from daycare, he looks in his bag and says, “Where’s my ball?” I say, “I don’t have a ball. When I tell him, “I don’t have a ball,” he makes a “hmm” face. That’s how much he loves it.
For my part, I’d like to practice passing by kicking a ball around with him and his son, but he has no interest in “kicking” at all. He is good at carrying the ball around and is happy to do so, and when he gets tired of it, he throws it around to relieve his sorrow. I’m considering whether or not to remove the mesh bag soon, but I’m leaving it in place in case he gets sad.